Selling RvP is the Right Decision

Kyle Hartman

Robin van Persie is Arsenal’s captain and the primary reason for the team’s inclusion in the 2012-13 Champions League.

Selling arguably one of the world’s top five technical players is, simply, an interesting approach. One note before going further, Arsenal should sell him this summer – do not let him play out the last year of his contract.

Make Jack Wilshere captain – if we are going to emphasize youth and the future, let us put forward a signal of intent. Additionally, Jack should wear the no. 10 vacated by Van Persie.

The Dutchman is a great goalscorer and a scorer of great goals (see any highlight montage). I would put Robin’s top five goals against any player’s highlight reel.

The numbers are intriguing, 110 goals in 201 appearances – a world-class strike rate. Note, 201 appearances during eight seasons – a shade over 25 showings for each campaign (bolstered by a doubling of the average 48 games last year).

It has broken my heart to see RvP’s recent statement – but not my mind. I was steadfast in my conviction regarding his return, and I was wrong.

A lot of faith was placed in the temperamental Feyenoord striker, but good business is not good football. The decision of a sale is the correct one.


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